Behind the scenes at the Crail Food Festival

This year’s Crail Food Festival will be the 5th time the village of Crail has played host to visitors from near and far looking to sample the delights of Fife’s abundant larder and visiting the corner of Fife affectionately known as the East Neuk.

As soon as the last stall had been dismantled on the successful 2014 Crail Food Festival, the team met in the sunny garden of the Honeypot Guest House and Tearoom, ready to go over the highs and lows of the event and work out what we needed to do to stage our next festival as part of Scotland’s celebration of the 2015 Year of Food and Drink.  All through the winter months there have been regular meetings and plans being drawn up.  Part of that planning was the acknowledgement that we had come to the stage in our development where we should set up a separate legal structure to run the affairs of the Crail Food Festival.  At the Open Meeting held in January in Crail, the Scottish Incorporated Charitable Organisation or SCIO was agreed to be the correct structure, and Trustees have now been appointed to take that forward.

They are:

David Jerdan (Chairman)
Manuela Calchini (Trustee)
Graham Anderson (Trustee)
David Mann (Trustee)
Alan Hood (Trustee)

The remainder of the team helping to bring the event together are:

Annie Marrs (Festivals In Fife)
Julien Poix (La Petite Epicerie)
Susan McNaughton (Social Media Manager)
Peter Salkeld (Event Manager)
Martha Bryce (PR Manager)
Claire Bradley (Childrens Champion)

Each of those involved brings a wealth of different skills necessary to bring together a varied and interesting event.  At the meeting held on 23 April, the majority were able to come together to hear more about the exciting programme which Graham Anderson has conceived for this year.  We’re opening with a couple of evening events on the 12 June, when the Kirk Hall will be turned into an intimate venue for dining by the lovely Lazy Sunday team, and the Town Hall will transform for a celebration of chocolate with a Film Night.  The transformations continue in time for the opening of our venues on Saturday for the Food Emporium, Cookery Theatre (where we’ll have an array of quality local chefs demonstrating their skills), Meet the Producer, Pop-Up Food and Drink options in the Marketgate, the Chocolate Larder and a Children’s Fun Area at the Marine Hotel with games and activities, and tasty food to enjoy.  The fun continues on Sunday where in addition to all of our Saturday venues, Crail Harbour will once again welcome the crowds and the sunshine (be positive!).  Tickets are set to go on sale on 12 May, so be sure to sign up for our newsletter to hear more.

glorious setting for the 5th Crail food Festival